I earned my PhD from the Catholic Theological Faculty at the University of Tuebingen, Germany in 2004. The topic of my dissertation was “Philosophy and Theology in the Jewish post-Holocaust Thought of Emil L. Fackenheim”. It was honoured with an academic price issued by the Interdisciplinary Forum Religion at the University of Erfurt, Germany (Erfurter Promotionspreis “Religion und Ethik” [2. Preis]). It was subsequently published and constitutes the first monographic work on Emil Fackenheim in German. (B. Frede-Wenger, Glauben und Denken im Angesicht von Auschwitz: Eine Auseinandersetzung mit dem Werk von Emil L. Fackenheim, Mainz: Gruenewald Verlag 2005)
Currently, I am in the second year of a teacher training programme as a teacher at High School level. I teach English and Catholic Religion to children and teenagers between the age of 10 and 19. I will be finishing the programme in the summer of 2007.
Teaching at High School Level raises many questions about education and about talking about religious issues with today’s teenagers. Next to the practical exploration of these issues my intellectual interests continue to lie in the field of Catholic “theology after Auschwitz”, Holocaust remembrance and interreligious dialogue.
Hansjörg Schmid, Britta Frede-Wenger (Ed.), Neuer Antisemitismus? Eine Herausforderung für den interreligiösen Dialog, Berlin: Frank & Timme 2006.